Programs and Events

If any workshops or events can be restructured to meet COVID-19 requirements for public gatherings, announcements will be made on this site, Facebook and in the North Reading Transcript.

The following is our tentative calendar of events for 2020-2021:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Harvest Box Supper: Members Sharing with Members   Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year our garden club is holding a boxed supper at Ipswich River Park at 5:30 p.m. We will dedicate a fairy statue in our Garden in memory of our longest serving member, Dot Paicos. Sue Kramer will share her Horticultural Tips in “Sue’s Corner.” Advanced reservations are required.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – “For the Love of Roses
Lee MacNeil of Goodday Flowers gave a presentation about roses, which was videotaped and is available on youtube. Lee has acquired many years of knowledge and experience as an accredited rose judge, a professional horticulture judge, ARS Garden Rose Judge, and is a member of the American Rose Society.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – “Decorating through the Holidays”
Thelma Shoneman, a nationally accredited Master Flower Show Judge, will present her expertise on holiday decorations.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Sue’s Corner  
Sue will present a Covid-19 slide show of the North Reading Garden Club members’ gardens that were grown and nurtured during the summer of 2020. Horticultural tips will be included.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Native Plants   (This program has been cancelled due to the pandemic)   
Guest Speaker: Betty Sanders
Native perennials bring beauty, low maintenance and more to your garden.  With a little planning, natives can help you extend your season, starting earlier in the spring and lasting later into the fall.  Birds, bees and butterflies will provide the extra flourish of movement and sound to the garden as they use these plants as vital sources of food and sites for their reproduction.

Thursday, April 15, 2021   North Reading Garden Club Silver Tea (This event has been cancelled)
                                          “New Trends in Floral Design”
Guest Presenter: Bill Graham
Bill Graham is the proud proprietor of About Beautiful Things, Ltd. in Salem, MA. He has presented several times at our own Silver Teas, and continues to present at Garden Club events throughout New England. He has 25 years of design experience and it is always fun to see his coordinated and seasonal floral, jewelry and clothing arrangements. 
Guest Donation $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Wednesday, May 12, 2021       Urban Abundance Gardening (TBD)
Guest Presenters: Matt Buchanan and Pat Schultz
Matt Buchanan and Pat Schultz of HomeGrown are certified permaculturists, urban educators, environmentalists and community activists.  They specialize in designing individualized garden plans/raised beds for clients through the lens of permaculture –  “agricultural systems intended to be regenerative and self-sufficient”.

Saturday, May 22, 2021           Annual Plant Sale
The Garden Club will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale from 9:00 – 1:00 in front of the Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park Street, North Reading. A large variety of annuals, perennials, hanging plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs will be on sale to get your garden blooming all summer long.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021        Annual Dinner Meeting      (Members onlyTBD)
Enjoy the company of your fellow Garden Club friends at our final dinner meeting.  Stay tuned for details!